This speaks for itself I believe.
People who partake in the healthy lifestyle really grind my gears. It isn’t because they’re fit and healthy and loving their bodies- for that, I say good for them. I admire those who take to the healthy lifestyle, and I really wish I could easily embrace that. I like the idea of healthy living, but at the same time, I think there are people who take it to extremes, and that in itself is not healthy. The pressure society puts on physical appearance is disgusting, and a lot of times with a tiny frame comes a narrow point of view. Don’t get me wrong, keeping your body healthy and working well is incredibly important. You’ve got to keep the machine well oiled, if you get my drift. But it seems that more and more as we put a larger emphasis on outer beauty, our view of inner beauty becomes so much smaller. Keeping your body in shape is definitely important to live a long and healthy life, but when it comes down to it, you only live once and that cheesecake isn’t going to eat itself.
I feel like too often we compare ourselves to things we see on the internet. Whether it’s people, creative Pinterest crafts, or events that we see, it seems like we look upon these things with an immediate sense of inferiority. I can call myself a victim to this- I often look through Pinterest and think to myself, “Wow, there is no way in Hell I’ll ever be that crafty.” It isn’t just mason jar art that I compare myself to negatively- I do just the same with people I see on Facebook, Twitter, all the social media of the like. And what’s worse is that I don’t recognize that I’m putting myself down, I’m simply seeing it as a statement of fact. It’s this kind of thought process that is so discouraging; why is it that I feel the need to compare myself to these people that I don’t know and these things I don’t have?
I’m not saying I’m not confident, and I’m not saying other people who compare themselves to others on the internet are not confident either. It’s just an interesting situation to see that even within small things, it is common to compare yourself to that thing. Comparisons are not necessarily a bad thing- it’s good to self-evaluate and if you see a trait in someone that could improve your personal sense of self, then I think you should go for it. I have three words to leave you with: compare with care.
I feel like too often we base our view of beauty on how in shape a person is, and I just don’t like that. Weight should not influence how beautiful a person it. I hate to say, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”, but the no matter how corny it is, the sentient always rings true. Tabloids are tragic to read because of how much they distort people’s views on different topics. Why do I care so much that this celebrity has cellulite? Does it really affect me to know that that celebrity lost weight? I don’t understand and I don’t like how much those awful things warp people.
The internet is a deep and scary place, with many dead ends and crazy turns involved. You may think a certain blog will focus on one thing, and then it will turn around and focus on another. Here are my top 5 favorite websites that are female focused! What are yours?
1. Jezebel is a website that takes all the pointless news that is centered on women and puts a humorous spin on it. Jezebel really embodies the “if you can’t beat them, join them” philosophy in that it is very self-aware. The site is very easy to navigate, with tabs at the top of the site that are focused on what the site generally bases its content from: sex, fashion, celebrities, relationship, and advice. Though it focuses more on finding humor in their stories, they are also aware of the demographic reading it and do have stories that focus on more serious topics. Jezebel is a fun mix of wit, scandal, and journalism.
2. Media Girl is a great website that is similar to this one, in that it focuses on women in politics and culture. The site is very user-friendly, with the information being easily laid out and the stories easy to read. What’s so great about this website is that it’s very interactive- users are encouraged to join discussions, post on the site, and rate their favorite stories they’ve seen on the site. They have a great mix of text, photos, and videos that add a special “oomph” to the site.
3. Bitch Media is what it says: it’s a forum for vivacious women who are interested in different levels of media involvement to read all about their passion. I really like this website because while it is focused on women in the media, it focuses more on different media, and how women can get involved with it. What I love is that they are not afraid to tell it like it is and that they do it in a way that makes you laugh while also say,
“This is totally spot on!” The site’s unique focus and their story coverage make it a compelling read.
4. Feministing: the site of my dreams. Their tag line is “Young Feminists Blogging, Organizing, Kicking Ass”. If that doesn’t speak enough for the site, then let me elaborate. Feministing is just what is says: it is a forum for young feminists to blog about topics important to them and to the Feministing community. The layout of the site is simple, which is wonderful because that helps to highlight the stories. It is very interactive like Media Girl in that it encourages its readers to actively participate in the site by rating their stories and contributing their own. Their mix of text and media is ideal, and if I could meet the creator of the site, I’m sure I would cry tears of joy.
5. Everyday Feminism is another personal favorite. The layout is incredibly well done – it incorporates a friendly feel while also giving off a “professionally done magazine” feel. The information is easily accessible and their stories are well written. They encourage their readers to stay involved with issues they cover and they want the readers to be just as much a part of their story as the writers were while writing it. The stories they write cover a variety of topics- I can speak with honesty when I say that there’s something for everyone. Take a look and you’ll understand my love for this site.
Do you have any blogs similar to this that you would love to share?